Petrobras' 2009 Brazil oil output up 6 pct yr/yr

RIO DE JANEIRO Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:52pm EST

RIO DE JANEIRO Jan 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA) (PBR.N) said on Tuesday domestic oil output in 2009 increased 6.3 percent over the 2008 average on rising production in the Campos Basin.

The company's oil production in Brazil, including natural gas liquids, rose to an average of 1.97 million barrels per day (bpd), though this was still below its 2009 target of 2.05 million bpd.

"The principal highlights of the year were the increase in production of the P-52 and P-54 platforms in the Roncador field, the start of operations of the platforms P-53 (Marlim Leste) P-51 (Marlim Sul) ... and FPSO Cidade de Sao Vicente (Tupi)," the company said in a statement.

Domestic output slipped 0.2 percent in December to 1.987 million bpd from 1.991 million bpd the month earlier.

Production outside Brazil fell to 150,300 bpd last month from 150,900 bpd in November.

Brazil's Congress is currently discussing legislation that would make Petrobras the sole operator of new projects in the vast offshore subsalt province with a minimum 30 percent stake in those operations. (Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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